1 APOLOGIES FOR
Mr Peter Downton
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Larry Piper
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate
record of last months meeting.
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Wescott advised that while the Neighbourhood Watch had no co-ordinator the 10
representatives would continue to receive and circulate information.
Thelma Mead sent an apology that she could not attend the meeting.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis reported that the county and district elements of Council Tax were not
intended to be increased but this was awaiting a decision.
Mr Tuck had noted that the Street Scene vehicle had been sweeping the old A303
road (Little Weston layby, and at Chapel Cross bus stop), this resource could have been
more usefully employed in the village. Other councillors noted that the Church Road had
been swept recently. Mr Lewis advised that with verge trimming and hedge cutting taking
place it was necessary to sweep the old 303 road.
As gully grating cleaning is organised on a 4 year cycle any request for problems to be
resolved must be made on a site specific basis.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
14/05009/REM: Reserved matters of outline approval (14/02481/OUT). Land adjoining
Longhazel, High Street Sparkford. Mr & Mrs Clive Wakefield. GRANTED
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
14/01958/FUL: Erection of 28 dwelling houses and 1 commercial unit all with
associated highways and landscaping. Longhazel Farm, High Street, Sparkford BA22 7JH.
AMENDED PLANS, No comments were made.
Following communication from SSDC the Clerk enquired about Parish Council comments on two
applications, these comments have been sent. Clerk/Chair to respond.
9 MATTERS ARISING
a) The overhanging branch has been removed. Concern was raised, by
representatives of the Cricket Club about the condition of the trees along the cricket
ground boundary with The Avenue. A report is to be requested from SSDC arborist and also
to include the trees on the south side of The Avenue attention having been drawn to these
by Mr Wescott.
b) Gully grating/drain clearance and pothole at A359/London Road junction to be site
specific and request made.
c) Coal Yard house occupation. A lengthy discussion took place about the changing
developers of this site and implications for revenue from the S106 agreement and the
future use of S106 agreements in general. In general terms it is thought to be unlikely
that S106 agreements will be a successful means of collecting money from developers of
sites and that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) could be developed as the way forward.
Members were disappointed with regard to the Coal Yard site as support had been given for
its development on the basis that the community would benefit. Mr Lewis advised that each
case should be considered on its merits and, as in this instance, where sites are changing
hands and the development is mixed a request should be made to bring the matter before
Area East Committee. All agreed with this action.
d) County Council review of footpaths.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses The final salary and expenses
claim of the outgoing Clerk for £603.13 were approved
b) SALC training courses for incoming Clerk , a fee of £55 was approved
An email was received from CCS regarding renewal of membership. Members were not
aware of membership. Clerk to investigate and respond accordingly
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Mr Bourke reported that he and Mr Crawford had attended the
annual Area East meeting which had been useful although one talk about community power
systems had already been undermined by a central government announcement the following
day. Mr Cooper from Street Scene announced that there would be a small works
man, employable by parishes at a cost of £17 per hour.
b) After distribution of the latest SID statistics Mr Braithwaite suggested that something
must be done to reduce speed of cars travelling through the village. It was agreed that
Thelma Mead be asked for a speed camera to visit and operate in the village
c) An update was requested on the traffic calming (Small Improvement Scheme), there was no
further news, other than it was not possible to include Wolfester Terrace in the SIC at
this late stage.
d) The subject of the Parish News was raised. Changes in the content and layout were
widely seen as a great improvement. There was however some concern over changes to the
title of the newsletter and that some members of/groups in the community had been upset by
this. While acknowledging that the newsletter falls beyond the remit of the Parish Council
it was agreed that the subject be put on the agenda for the next meeting. The Chair would
also seek to talk with the Editor.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS None
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Small Improvement Scheme
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 2nd March, 2015
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50pm